Why No-Code Websites Are Bad For The Environment

No-code websites are becoming increasingly popular as they provide an easy way to create a beautiful website without much knowledge. They are a less-expensive option for businesses to take but are terrible for the environment. This is attributed to the carbon scores for websites.

No-code websites come with essentially all the functionalities one may need, which means the back-end of your website is crowded with unnecessary code, emitting more carbon than one tree could absorb.

What Can Website Developers Do To Help The Environment?

When at all possible, you should build your website from scratch. By creating it from scratch, you only use the code that is required to run the website. Many clients may not have the budget to build their website from scratch, but other options are more environmentally friendly. One option is to find a content management system (CMS) that allows you to customize their technology.

Putting It Into Practice

  1. Use Green Hosting
    • Look for a company that utilizes renewable energy to run websites.
  2. Minimize Video Usage
    • Videos are typically one of the main reasons why a website loads slowly. 
  3. Optimize Your Images
    • Look into downloading software that helps lower the file size of your images before putting them on your website.
  4. Minify Your Code
    • Remove all excess code from your website that is not necessary to the design or utility.
  5. Use Lazy Loading
    • Build your website so the assets will only load once the user has scrolled to the portion of the page where it belongs.

Read more about Sustainable Web Design at forbes.com

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.